Last night, the Mountain Pointe High School boys basketball team defeated Brophy 62-58, to advance to the AIA 6A state championship game. In a rematch of the first regular season game, where Brophy won on a lay up with less than 1 second; the stage was set for an epic game. The Pride ranked #5 and Brophy ranked #1 battled for 32 minutes, but in the end the Pride ended Brophy’s 25 game in-state winning streak. “You have take your hat off to the players and coaches of Brophy,” Eason said. “I felt our guys wanted it more, and played their hearts out.”
MP won with a total team effort, with all 8 players that played, scoring atleast 5 points. Junior point guard Khalid Price led the way with 13 points, but it was his leadership that paid off big for the Pride. “I challenged Khalid to be a leader, not just a member of the team,” Eason said. “He did it on both sides the of the ball. It wasn’t just scoring, it was also passing, defending, and managing the team.”
Whether it was a put back back senior guard John Norsworthy, a tough lay up by senior Ryan Pate, gritty defense by Terrance Hunter and Selah Thomas, a block by Jalen Graham or DeAndre Henry, or a clutch 3 by Amarion Cash, each player helped carry this team to victory. “We have been about the collective, not the individual all year. When your team is built like that, it’s hard to get down because the next guy is just as dangerous as the last.”
On the defensive side of the ball, MP’s full court and half court pressure disrupted the Bronco’s offense. They forced a lot of tough shots and forced Brophy to play alot more 1 on 1 and drive and kick; which is not their strength. “We knew that we needed to control the tempo, but if we couldn’t, we needed to disrupt their offense,” Eason explains. “The pace was definitely where they wanted it, but we kept them out of an offensive flow.”
MP will face #2 seed Pinnacle in the championship game. The game will be back at Wells Fargo Arena, 7pm next Wednesday night; so Pride will have a week to prepare for the biggest game in school’s history. Come out and support the team.